Corner tests for 16-35 f/4 vs. 16-35 f/2.8 (v.1) vs. 24-70 f/2.8L II

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Corner tests for 16-35 f/4 vs. 16-35 f/2.8 (v.1) vs. 24-70 f/2.8L II
2 months ago

O.K., I just did a simple side-by-side test of the corners of my:

16-35 f/4 (focal length: 16mm, 24mm & 35mm)

16-35 f/2.8 version 1 (focal length: 16mm, 24mm & 35mm)

24-70 f/2.8L II (focal length: 24mm & 35mm)

I shot manual, raw, on a tripod, f/4 1/80th sec. IS turned off. No filter. Cropped in CS6, saved as jpegs. No sharpening or corrections.

(To the nitpickers out there--if you don't like the way I did the test, buy your own darn lenses!)

Overall scene:

16-35 f/2.8 and 16-35 f/4 at 16mm:

16-35 f/2.8 vs. 16-35 /4 vs. 24-70 f/2.8L II at 24mm:

16-35 f/2.8 vs. 16-35 f/4 vs. 24-70 f/2.8L II at 35mm:

Impressions: the new Canon 16-35 f/4 lens is head and shoulders better than my old 16-35 f/2.8 version 1. The centers of all three lenses are similar at f/4, but the corners of the new 16-35 f/4 are just phenomenal! Sharpness, resolution, color fringing, resistance to flare make the old 16-35 look sick and are frankly better than my fabulously expensive 24-70 f/2.8L II, which is kinda depressing.

The IS on the new 16-35 f/4 is incredible. I'm a photojournalist and I'll miss the f/2.8 speed, but this new lens is so darn good that I'm going to slap that bad boy on one of my 5D III bodies and leave it there.

The new 16-35 f/4 does not have a gel filter holder on the rear like the old 16-35 f/2.8 version 1, but it won't be missed. The new lens hood is less clunky, and the 77mm filter size is welcome since I won't have to buy another expensive CP.

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